If you are a woman who is experiencing urine leakage or incontinence and you’re looking online for answers, you’re not sure if what you’re feeling is completely normal or it feels embarrassing, I promise you you’re not alone and that we have probably heard it before. There are so many women who come to us who need more guidance than what their doctors may have told them and they are so relieved to find out that pelvic floor physical therapy can help get rid of that leakage without surgery or medications.
So I’m going to go over the top factors we address with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy to help you get rid of that pesky leakage once and for all:
1. Pregnancy & postpartum can be a big factor here (but it’s not always). If you’re a woman that’s given birth (even if it’s been a few years or decades since the birth of your last child), you likely already know that it’s common for women to experience bowel or bladder discomfort, increased pressure or incontinence during or after pregnancy. This whole pelvic area, including the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles have gone through some big changes and trauma whether you delivered vaginally, had a c-section, an episiotomy, etc. Again, while these changes are super common, they should resolve on their own within the first 6-8 weeks. If not, your muscles likely just need a little more help but you do not have to live with this! You can be guided in the right way into healing and helping your pelvic floor muscles recover with a specialty trained pelvic floor physical therapist. This is a specialty that your doctor may not tell you about but having the guidance of a pelvic floor specialist can teach you how to get those muscles working properly, and there is so much more to this beyond Kegels! And we can help you whether you are a mom or whether this just started for you out of the blue.
2. Leakage and dribbles with running, jumping, sneezing, coughing or just daily activities is often due to pelvic floor muscles that are too tight, too weak, not quick enough or don’t have adequate endurance. That’s right, the muscles that close off the urethra so pee doesn’t dribble out are muscles too, just like anywhere else in your body! With a pelvic floor assessment, we can figure out why this is happening and help you retrain these muscles so you don’t have to worry about setting aside a small budget for Depends for the rest of your life (it’s amazing how expensive that can be!)
3. Your bladder can be retrained, just like a puppy dog! If you’re someone who knows where every bathroom is in your community and has to stop often to do a ‘just in case pee’, or if you feel like you’re going to pee your pants as soon as you pull in your driveway or enter your front door, this tip is for you. Our bladder is a muscle and in order to go pee, it has to squeeze to help empty itself. We can help you train your bladder to empty at the proper times so you’re in control again, not your bladder.
4. Posture, core strength, how we’re breathing and how our body is managing pressure all matters too.
It often takes looking at all of these factors, both from the standpoint of what’s happening with your pelvic floor as well as how your whole body is affecting this region in order to get things to fully resolve. While this may sound like a lot of things to address, we simply complete a full evaluation and determine what factors are happening in your body and make a game plan for what to address from there. Many women experience significant improvements within the first handful of sessions. It really can be much easier to resolve this than you might think.
I hope you learned something here but if you have any questions, I’d like to invite you to speak to one of our specialists for free over the phone. For so many women living with incontinence, it’s really common for women to have a lot of uncertainty and questions that maybe you’re Googling online and you just don’t have the confidence and clarity based on the information you’ve received so far or you’ve been thinking it’s just something you’ll have to live with. Please know there is so much that can be done and we’re happy to be a resource for you for more information so you can feel confident in your body again and enjoy that active lifestyle without worrying about those pesky leaks. Thanks for watching and please let us know how we can help you.
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Afterall, life’s too short to suffer!
To your health & happiness,
Doctors Sarah & Megan and The Balance Within PT Team
P.S. Would you like to learn more about all things Postpartum, Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health? Then come join us for Dr. Megan’s FREE Women’s Health Workshop on October 11th at our Delafield clinic. We will be discussing common concerns with women’s health and provide you with some take home ideas to assist with your overall health and well being. Details below to sign up – we hope to see you there! (By the way, spots are very limited so be sure to claim your spot ASAP)